Jan, 13th 2021 – Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang has directed tutors aged 58 and above to resume in-person learning.
The PS said, “In some regions, the elderly teachers have on their own volition reported back to their stations and are performing their duties along with their younger colleagues.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta last year directed state employees aged 58 and above be excluded from reporting to their work stations due to their vulnerability to the virus.
Speaking at Mogogosiek trading center in Konoin constituency, Dr. Kipsang said: “Apart from far-flung counties where availability of materials for the jua kali operators has been a challenge, we expect the supply of the desks and lockers to have been completed by the weekend.”
94 percent of primary school children have already reported to school as 95 percent have already resumed learning in secondary schools.
Accompanied by County Director of Education Mabale Indiatsi, County Director of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Charles Nyauma and County Commissioner Susan Waweru, Dr. Kipsang said, “Administrators have been directed to mop up learners who have not reported to schools in the country and ensure that they resume learning.”
The government has directed that all pregnant girls be re-admitted to learning institutions to continue with their learning regardless of their state. Over concerns by stakeholders that re-opening may make schools super incubators and spreading centers for Covid-19, Dr. Kipsang assured that the government has already looked into it.
He said: “The government has continuously improved and expanded infrastructural facilities in schools to ensure 100 percent transition rate from primary to secondary institutions and the program will continue. There should be no fear among parents on the state of the infrastructure in schools.”
Teachers in other institutions have been forced to teach under trees and sheds which have been converted to classrooms due to social distancing.
He has however urged the teachers to observe Covid-19 protocols.